This is a Demodex mite, also known as a 'face mite'. They're microscopic, elongated creatures which have eight short and stubby legs near their heads. The two species which live off humans live in slightly different places- the one in the picture, D. folliculorum, resides in pores and hair follicles, while the shorter, less elongated D. brevis prefers to settle deeper, borrowing down in your oily sebaceous glands. Compared with other parts of your body, your face has larger pores and more numerous sebaceous glands, which may explain why the mites tend to live there. But they can be found anywhere on the body, and also congregate around the genital area and one's areolas.
And I'm sorry to break it to you, but they're literally everywhere, on everyone. On average, people have around two mites per eyelash- between 500 and 1,000 per person. Those with immune deficiencies (such as HIV) and skin conditions (such as Rosascea) can routinely have ten to twenty times more mites living on them than this, hosting colonies of over 20,000 face mites. And it looks like we all pick up Demodex mites very early in life. It's suspected that they travel from mother to baby, perhaps through breast-feeding, or even at birth due to the Demodex mite populations which congregate in the genital area. So then, how do you feel, now you know that there are several hundred or even thousands of these things crawling around in your pores and glands right this moment?
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